With Randy Cruz and Jonathan Mele graduating school next year, 2016 PIAA state runner-up Jimmy Hoffman, of Hazleton Area High, might get the opportunity to start for the Mountain Hawks in the 141-pound weight class in his initial season of collegiate wrestling. As well as being the PIAA state runner-up, Hoffman is a three-time Region and District medal winner. His aggressive style of wrestling should be a great fit for Lehigh.
Three-time New York state medalist and 2014 champion Hunter Dusold, of Locust Valley HS, has decided to stay in state and compete for coach Zach Tanelli and staff. A three-time Section VIII champion, Dusold will be one of the favorites this upcoming season to win a division II state title in March. Dusold should challenge for the 125/133 varsity spot in the future.
Northern Colorado (BIG 12)
Head coach Troy Nickerson’s trip to the lone star state was a successful one as he recruited Jordan Robinson, of Frisco Liberty High. Robinson is a tough grappler who was triumphant last year in acquiring the division 5A state championship. Robinson is a three-time district and region medalist, as well as a two-time Cliff Keen USAW Preseason Nationals place winner. He should have a great impact in the 157/165 weight classes in the future.
The Navy wrestling team got great news this past weekend when Logan Treaster, of Newton High, Kansas, verbally committed to compete for them. Treaster is a three-time state medal winner and was the 2015 Kansas 5A state champion. Besides dominating the Sunflower state, Treaster has garnered Fargo All-American honors in the Greco-Roman portion of the tournament twice. He should vie for the 125-pound varsity spot in the near future.
Not only is Nazareth’s Travis Stefanik dominant on the wrestling mats of Pennsylvania, but also in the classroom. His work habits and dedication have made him one of the top prospects from the Keystone state. Last season, he was the District XI and Northeast Region champion, as well as finishing as the PIAA Class AAA state runner-up. Stefanik should bring a great deal of experience to the 165/174 weight class.
Penn State (BIG 10)
The more the merrier has become the motto of the Penn State wrestling team with so many athletes wanting to compete for Cael Sanderson. Their newest recruit is Joey Blumer, of Kiski Area High, Pennsylvania. Blumer is a former PIAA state medalist as he was seventh in 2015, but failed to get on the podium last season. Blumer will attempt, next season, to break into the Penn State varsity line-up at either 149 or 157 pounds.
Air Force (BIG 12)
The Air Force Academy wrestling staff is excited to have Sidney Flores, of Bishop Amata High, California, join the wrestling team. Flores is a two-time state qualifier and finished the 2015-16 season a match away from gaining All-State accolades. During the month of October, he won the Freak Show preseason tournament in a bracket that included the 2016 California state champion. Flores should be a great addition for the Falcons in the 125-pound weight class.
Cleveland State (EWL)
The newest addition to the Vikings is a two-time Delaware state champion and three-time finalist Chase Archangelo, of Smyrna High. Chase is one of the top grapplers from the Blue Hen state and should win his third state championship with ease. Besides being a beast in the individual state tournament, Archangelo helped Smyrna High win their fourth-straight Div. I state team dual meet championship in 2016. Archangelo should be a great addition for the Falcons at either 149 or 157-pounds.
Oklahoma State (BIG 12)
The Oklahoma State wrestling staff were pleased to see that the number one recruit at 132-pounds Daton Fix, of Sand Springs High, Oklahoma, chose to continue his education and athletic career for them. A dominant wrestler in all styles, folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman, Fix should make a huge impact in the 125 or 133 weight class for the Cowboys.
Oregon State (PAC 12)
Brothers Hunter and Grant Willis, of Pueblo County, Colorado, will be traveling west to take their talent to PAC-12 power Oregon State. The Willis brothers have been successful in the state of Colorado and in the nation as well. Both brothers have placed in the Doc Buchanan and Super 32 tournaments. Hunter will be vying for the 149/157 weight class, while Grant either at 133/141 pounds.